Nick

programmer/film buff
Top 4: most recent 4-star and above favorites

Too many movies, too little time

Favorite films

  • Belle
  • The Taste of Tea
  • The Beat That My Heart Skipped
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

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  • Belle

    ★★★★★

  • Love, Death & Robots: Jibaro

    ★★★½

  • Love, Death & Robots: Night of the Mini Dead

    ★★★★

  • Love, Death & Robots: The Very Pulse Of The Machine

    ★★★★

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  • Ginger Snaps

    Ginger Snaps

    ★★★★

    What a bona fide cult classic. Ginger Snaps is a highly engrossing, funny and intense werewolf horror that's miles better and deeper than it has any right to be. Thanks to its brilliant writing, memorable characters and throwback esthetics, Ginger Snaps is for sure the best horror the turn of the 21 century gets to offer, and it surely stands the test of time.

    Despite a somehow simplistic storyline, Ginger Snaps manages to sink its teeth into the veins of…

  • The Bad Guys

    The Bad Guys

    ★★★½

    The Bad Guys is a blast to sit through, despite its fair share of Hollywood cliches. Taking on the theme of fighting stereotypes and prejudices, The Bad Guys is a heartwarming tale with a nice message and beautiful visuals to counterbalance its inherent flaws.

    I'm not familiar with the original comic book, but The Bad Guys certainly doesn't need pre-existing knowledge to jump into its fascinating world of animal heists and partners in crime. It's a hilarious, adorable action-comedy animation…

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  • Belle

    Belle

    ★★★★★

    Belle is one of the best Japanese animations in recent years. Tackling a coming-of-age message via its commentary on the social media era, Belle feels uncannily Hollywood owing to its technology-oriented premise, omnipresent musicals and a fair share of cliches, but its unmistakable signs of empathy, humanity and soul eventually trump out all of its inherent flaws, and make this one an invaluable experience to remember.

    Chronicling a teenage girl, Suzu's experiences of battling personal demons in a popular virtual…

  • The Taste of Tea

    The Taste of Tea

    ★★★★½

    A little bit Roy Andersson, a little bit Little Miss Sunshine, The Taste of Tea is a strange fruit in the most complimenting way possible, and criminally underrated for its pure brilliance.

    In a perfectly bizarre yet tranquil world of rural Japan, a motley crew of eccentric family and friends go through different chapters in life while making spontaneously fun adventures of their own. Despite an overall unshowy, episodic storyline, The Taste of Tea manages to extract the most humanity…

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★½

    I know, Dune is as technically perfect as any other Denis Villeneuve work, but it's also at the same time boring, vapid, and overlong. There's a reason why I've been holding off reading Dune the book or watching the Lynch version, and that's because everything about the story feels hopelessly boring, and Villeneuve's insanely hyped, critically acclaimed version only reinforces my perception of it.

    My main critique of these larger-than-life, action-packed productions is the fact that they focus so much…

  • CODA

    CODA

    ★★★★

    CODA is zero pretension and 100 percent heart and soul. It's a dazzling, heartfelt representation of coda experience that never strives to be something it's not, and it succeeds gloriously in building an inviting, dazzling world where familial bonds eventually trump everything.

    Chronicling a hearing teenager's struggles to balance her singing dream and the responsibility of her deaf family who depends on her, CODA is first and foremost an effective comedy that relies on the off the charts chemistry between…